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Best private high schools in America

  • Best private high schools in America

    High school, as depicted in numerous TV shows and movies, is a glorious era of parties, young love, and even a spontaneous dance number or two. Anyone who actually had that high school experience might be a rare and lucky breed. The reality, for most, is lighter on the ragers and romance—heavier on the SATs and general awkwardness.

    Even with the inevitable drudgery of algebra tests and social anxiety, high school can be an important time in a person’s life. Going to a good school can help set teenagers up for success later on. In fact, studies have shown that individual high school grades, even more than standardized test scores, are a strong predictor of how successful and happy a student is later in life. Sending a student to a school that allows him or her to thrive in the classroom on a daily basis can be one beneficial move in the long term.

    So, what actually makes a school great? Some students might answer that they value an emphasis on actual learning over cramming information, while others might say that any school without in-class presentations is a paradise. Many might agree that a great school pays special attention to each and every student, offers a range of activities and opportunities, and ensures that each student is learning the things that will allow them to succeed.

    Stacker has analyzed data obtained from Niche in order to create this ranking of the best private schools in the U.S. Niche accounts for self-reported data from Niche users in areas like ACT/SAT scores and overall school experience, as well as data from the U.S. Department of Education on college enrollment, student-teacher ratios, and diversity. This data is all current as of March 1, 2019. Read on to find out which U.S. private high schools are bringing their A game across the board.

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  • #100. Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School

    - Location: Houston, TX
    - Grades offered: 9-12
    - School type: private, catholic, all-boys
    - Tuition: $20,800
    - Number of students: 1,151
    - Graduation rate: 99%
    - Teacher ratio: 11:1
    - Diversity: White: 51.6%, Hispanic: 24%, Asian: 10.9%, African American: 8.3%, Multiracial: 5.2%, Native American: 0%, Pacific Islander: 0%

  • #99. American Heritage School - Boca Delray Campus

    - Location: Delray Beach, FL
    - Grades offered: PK, K-12
    - School type: private
    - Tuition: $29,467
    - Number of students: 1,476
    - Graduation rate: 100%
    - Teacher ratio: 5:1
    - Diversity: White: 47.6%, Hispanic: 21.8%, Asian: 10.8%, African American: 9.5%, Multiracial: 5.1%, Native American: 3.8%, International: 1.4%, Pacific Islander: 0%

  • #98. The Blake School

    - Location: Hopkins, MN
    - Grades offered: PK, K-12
    - School type: private
    - Tuition: $29,025
    - Number of students: 1,380
    - Graduation rate: data not available
    - Teacher ratio: 11:1
    - Diversity: White: 73.7%, Multiracial: 10.2%, Asian: 9.9%, African American: 4.4%, Hispanic: 1.2%, Native American: 0.5%, Pacific Islander: 0.2%

  • #97. The Baldwin School

    - Location: Bryn Mawr, PA
    - Grades offered: PK, K-12
    - School type: private, all-girls
    - Tuition: $37,250
    - Number of students: 584
    - Graduation rate: 100%
    - Teacher ratio: 7:1
    - Diversity: White: 62.5%, African American: 15.9%, Asian: 13.2%, Multiracial: 6%, Hispanic: 2.4%, Pacific Islander: 0.2%, Native American: 0%

  • #96. Cistercian Preparatory School

    - Location: Irving, TX
    - Grades offered: 5-12
    - School type: private, catholic, all-boys
    - Tuition: $18,800
    - Number of students: 349
    - Graduation rate: data not available
    - Teacher ratio: 6:1
    - Diversity: White: 68%, Hispanic: 12.4%, Asian: 9.8%, Multiracial: 8.4%, African American: 1.2%, Pacific Islander: 0.3%, Native American: 0%

  • #95. The Webb Schools

    - Location: Claremont, CA
    - Grades offered: 9-12
    - School type: private, boarding
    - Tuition: $45,225
    - Number of students: 416
    - Graduation rate: 100%
    - Teacher ratio: 8:1
    - Diversity: White: 49%, Asian: 34.9%, African American: 5%, Hispanic: 5%, Multiracial: 5%, Native American: 1%, Pacific Islander: 0%

  • #94. Oregon Episcopal School

    - Location: Portland, OR
    - Grades offered: PK, K-12
    - School type: private, boarding, episcopal
    - Tuition: $32,200
    - Number of students: 868
    - Graduation rate: 100%
    - Teacher ratio: 8:1
    - Diversity: White: 55.4%, Multiracial: 18%, Asian: 14.7%, International: 5.6%, Hispanic: 2.8%, Unknown: 2.4%, African American: 0.9%, Native American: 0.1%, Pacific Islander: 0%

  • #93. The Awty International School

    - Location: Houston, TX
    - Grades offered: PK, K-12
    - School type: private
    - Tuition: $26,910
    - Number of students: 1,644
    - Graduation rate: 100%
    - Teacher ratio: 7:1
    - Diversity: International: 37.7%, White: 26.3%, Multiracial: 12.7%, Hispanic: 9.5%, Asian: 8.4%, African American: 2.9%, Unknown: 2.4%, Native American: 0.1%, Pacific Islander: 0%

  • #92. The Spence School

    - Location: New York, NY
    - Grades offered: K-12
    - School type: private, all-girls
    - Tuition: $47,410
    - Number of students: 751
    - Graduation rate: 100%
    - Teacher ratio: 7:1
    - Diversity: White: 61.8%, Multiracial: 15.8%, Asian: 10%, African American: 7.9%, Hispanic: 4.5%, Native American: 0%, Pacific Islander: 0%

  • #91. The Kinkaid School

    - Location: Houston, TX
    - Grades offered: PK, K-12
    - School type: private
    - Tuition: $25,000
    - Number of students: 1,423
    - Graduation rate: data not available
    - Teacher ratio: 10:1
    - Diversity: White: 77.9%, Asian: 7.9%, Multiracial: 5.6%, Hispanic: 4.4%, African American: 4.1%, Native American: 0.2%, Pacific Islander: 0%

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